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Under the leadership of Professors Ronald and Barbara Klein, the Ocular Epidemiology Research Group has conducted studies in ophthalmic epidemiology and related fields since 1979 and has collectively published nearly 1,000 articles and book chapters to date. The group is involved in several major epidemiologic research studies and conducts the Wisconsin Epidemiologic Study of Diabetic Retinopathy (WESDR) and the Beaver Dam Eye Study (BDES), two landmark studies with populations based in southern Wisconsin. Particular areas of focus include diabetic retinopathy and other diabetic complications, age-related macular degeneration, cataract, retinal vasculature signs and their relationship to ocular systemic disease, and genetic studies.

For more information about the research studies the Ocular Epidemiology Research Group is involved in, visit http://www.epi.ophth.wisc.edu.